The school bell rings and students are quick to park in front of their TV, iPad or video game, but not if we can help it! Toledo Area Parent is giving you ideas to keep their minds and bodies moving, growing and learning.
9241 Secor Rd., Temperance, MI
Horse lovers will delight in the options available at Hunter’s Run- 61 acres to master equestrian skills under the guidance of expert trainers. It’s a safe and fun athletic activity, with the security of knowing parents and their children are in good hands at the family-owned business with more than 25 years of experience. Lessons are available for all ages, with three outdoor rings, an open field and trails for your young rider’s enjoyment!
2249 Tremainsville Rd.
They are celebrating 25 years teaching dance for ages two and up! Combination classes are their specialty. They offer tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern and tumbling classes. Affordable prices, family discounts, and fundraisers to pay for costumes are available. Learning is fun and fun is learning! That is what you will experience at Mini Motions Dance Center. Classes start September 8 and the last registration is Wednesday, August 26, from 6-7pm. From the classroom to stage, “Where the student becomes the performer!”
St. Ursula Academy
4025 Indian Rd, Ottawa Hills
The school bell might ring at 3pm, but the day is just starting for most St. Ursula Academy students. With 15 varsity sports, over 30 clubs, a yearly musical, Labre, and many other volunteer opportunities, students in grades 6-12 work hard not only in the classroom but, on the field, on the stage, and in the community.
Children’s Theatre Workshop
2417 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo
Children’s Theatre Workshop offers a number of special programs in acting classes and live theatrical experiences for youth ages 5 to 18. With theatre games, improvisation exercises, characterization techniques and public speaking lessons, CTW promotes self-expression, critical thinking, creativity, and teamwork. If students are looking for live theatre experience, then look no further than CTW to explore the enchanting world of theatre arts.
This non-profit organization provides unique activities for the special needs community. Their interactive after-school activities are free of charge throughout the year. A sensory friendly movie night is held four times a year at the Maumee Indoor Theater on Conant Street, where participants enjoy a movie, popcorn and pop. The Family Bowling Day allows individuals and their families to enjoy three games of bowling, along with pizza and pop. Also, their Family Dance Day at a local dance studio gets kids moving with the help instructors and healthy snacks.
5327 Monroe Street, Monroe Street Market Square Shopping
Their name might say “ballet,” but that is just the beginning! Toledo Ballet offers dozens of different kinds of dance, conditioning, and theater classes for all ages from 3 to 83. And if you have an aspiring ballerina or dance show contestant, let them organize their most perfect dance themed birthday party ever! Toledo Ballet offers the ABT® curriculum, an 8 level ballet program that combines the highest quality training with the basics of dancer health and child development.
2 Hippo Way
The Toledo Zoo is full of fun for families! This month, the Backyard Buddies program allows kids to discover wonders in their own backyard. In October, the Animal Disguises program will show kids how animals are great at looking like another animal or blending into a tree. Also, check out the Behind-the-Scenes Tours to get up close to some of your favorite animals, meet their keepers and see the Zoo from an insider’s perspective. Parents and kids can both look forward to Winter Safari camp during holiday break from school!
410 Adams St.
Contact Kate Rardin to order tickets at 419-242-3491 ext 20.
School Days, educational outreach theatre productions for students and homeschool groups, are live at The Valentine! They are pleased to announce their third season School Days and will continue the rich tradition of presenting professional touring companies in educational theatre productions geared to schoolchildren for field trips during the school week.
Six presentations are scheduled for 2015/16, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow- Friday, November 6, 2015, Goodnight Moon & Runaway Bunny- Friday, January 22, 2016, Skippyjon Jone’s Snow What- Friday, February 19, 2016, Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights Dream- Monday, February 29, 2016, Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School- Friday, March 11, 2016 and Charlotte’s Web- Monday, April 18, 2016.
All performances, with the exception of Midsummer Nights Dream, are at 10am and 12:15pm and appeal to grades Pre K through 12. Tickets are $8 for groups of 16 and higher, $9 for 15 or less. All performances are approximately one hour in length.
YMCA of Greater Toledo
1500 N. Superior St., 2nd floor
The YMCA gives children opportunities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, their programs nurture the potential of every youth and teen and improve the nation’s health and well-being. There is no shortage of after school programs to choose from, and endless chances for kids to make new friends and stay socially and physically active.
22611 Ohio 2, Archbold
Sauder Village, in Archbold, Ohio, is ready to help make your afterschool programming come to life! With many traveling programs they offer standards based, multi curricular experiences that are engaging and fun for students. Your students can explore Native American life while sitting in a real wigwam or learn the science behind butter making while making their own tasty treat.
Young Voices of Greater Toledo
3613 Monroe St.
419-473-1167, ext. 230
Young Voices of Greater Toledo is a community children’s chorus that offers quality music education in a caring environment. Children ages 8-8th grade are invited to “Come Sing With Us!” Christmas and Spring Concerts are planned, including a performance with the Perrysburg Symphony Chorale. Registration is September 8, 6pm or September 12, 11am at Monroe St. United Methodist Church. Tuition is low and generous scholarships are available.
351 Samaria Rd., Temperance, MI
Stonehaven Farms, home of the interscholastic equestrian team, specializes in English hunter/jumper style riding with a mission to develop knowledgeable, safety-conscious, correctly-trained riders and give them the tools they need to pursue their individual riding goals. With group, home school programs, and available Girl Scout outings available for ages five and up, it’s the perfect place for learning more about horses. There is weekly lesson programming offered and year round riding participation. Ask about “Ladies Lessons” and “Mom Outings.”